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Praise for the Shiva Trilogy

‘Amish’s mythical imagination mines the past and taps into the possibilities of the future. His book series, archetypal and stirring, unfolds the deepest recesses of the soul as well as our collective consciousness.’

– Deepak Chopra, world-renowned spiritual guru and
bestselling author

‘Amish is a fresh new voice in Indian writing – steeped in myth and history, with a fine eye for detail and a compelling narrative style.’

– Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State in the Indian government
and celebrated author

‘Furious action jumps off every page.’

– Anil Dharker, renowned journalist and author

‘Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy is already being touted as India’s
Lord of the Rings.

– Hindustan Times

‘…Amish has mastered the art of gathering, interpreting and presenting India’s many myths, folklores and legends, and blending all of that into fast-paced thrillers that change your views about gods, cultures, histories, demons and heroes, forever.’

– Hi Blitz

‘Amish’s Shiva Trilogy has a refreshing storyline… The narration forces you to impatiently turn the page to know what secret is going to be revealed about the “Neelkanth” next.’

– The Telegraph

‘It’s a labour of love... Amish also humanizes his characters, something which most popular Indian writers fail miserably at.’

– Mint

‘Amish’s philosophy of tolerance, his understanding of mythology and his avowed admiration for Shiva are evident in his best-selling works.’

– Verve

‘Tripathi is part of an emerging band of authors who have taken up mythology and history in a big way, translating bare facts into delicious stories.’

– The New Indian Express

‘[Amish] has combined his love for history, philosophy and mythology into a racy fictional narrative which depicts Lord Shiva as a Tibetan tribal leader.’

– The Pioneer

‘Tripathi’s approach to storytelling is contemporary and urban which is one of the main draws of the books. Though the story is fictional, its characters and historical depictions are factual […].’

– Harper’s Bazaar

‘[Amish] does a matchless job of bringing Shiva’s legacy into a character who inhabited the earth.’

– The Sentinel

‘The Shiva Trilogy is a racy mytho-thriller with a masala twist, like
Amar Chitra Katha
on steroids.’

– Rashmi Bansal, bestselling author of Stay Hungry Stay
Foolish

Praise for
The Immortals of Meluha

‘I was blown away with the world of Meluha and riveted by Amish’s creation of it.’

– Karan Johar, renowned filmmaker

‘Shiva rocks. Just how much Shiva rocks the imagination is made grandiosely obvious in
The Immortals of Meluha
. […] Shiva’s journey from cool dude […] to Mahadev […] is a reader’s delight. […] What really engages is the author’s crafting of Shiva, with almost boy-worship joy.’

– The Times of India


The Immortals of Meluha
[…] sees Lord Shiva and his intriguing life with a refreshing perspective. […] Beautifully written creation. […] Simply unputdownable for any lover of Indian history and mythology.’

– Society

‘The story [in
The Immortals of Meluha
] is gripping and well-paced. An essentially mythological story written in a modern style, the novel creates anticipation in the reader’s mind and compels one to read with great curiosity till the end.’

– Business World

‘[
The Immortals of Meluha
is] amongst the top 5 books recommended by Brunch... the story is fascinating.’

– Hindustan Times

‘[
The Immortals of Meluha
] has philosophy as its underlying theme but is racy enough to give its readers the adventure of a lifetime.’

– The Hindu

‘[
The Immortals of Meluha
is a] wonderful book, replete with action, love and adventure, and extolling virtues and principles... The author has succeeded in making many mythological characters into simple flesh and blood human beings, and therein lie(s) the beauty and the acceptability of this book.’

– The Afternoon

‘The author takes myth and contemporises it, raising questions about all that we hold true and familiar. The book is a marvellous attempt to create fiction from folklore, religion and archaeological facts.’

– People

‘…
The Immortals of Meluha
is a political commentary with messages for our world and a hope that since they flow from the Mahadev himself, they will find greater acceptance. Be it the interpretation of Shiva’s battle cry – Har Har Mahadev as Every man a Mahadev or the valour of Sati who fights her own battles – every passage is rich in meaning, and yet, open to interpretation. Therein lies the strength of this book.’


Indiareads.com

‘Following the amazing success of the first book, one has to admit that Amish has managed to touch a very popular nerve […].’

– Deccan Chronicle

Praise for
The Secret of the Nagas

‘With his book, the second part of the Shiva trilogy [
The Secret of the Nagas
], [Amish] seems to be taking a walk in [Dan] Brown’s shoes.’

– Hindustan Times

‘In
The Secret of the Nagas
, the author tells the story well, tying up seemingly loose ends and tangents into a tight plot.’

– The Sunday Guardian

‘[…] a gripping tale that combines lots of action with deep yet accessible philosophy. Amish does not disappoint. […]
The Secret of the Nagas
is furiously packed with action and intrigue and leaves the reader guessing.’

– Outlook

‘…the book has it all – philosophies, spiritual messages, secrets, battles and mysteries.’

– The Indian Express

‘It’s clear that [
The Secret of the Nagas
] has struck a chord with Indian readers.’

– The Hindu

‘Amish Tripathi retained his Midas touch with
The Secret of the Nagas.

– Deccan Herald


The Secret of the Nagas
is impressive in its conception... Tripathi is an excellent storyteller.’

– DNA

‘The moment you start reading [
The Secret of the Nagas
], you are sucked into the adrenaline-pumping ride through the enigmatic landscape populated by a host of [characters].’

– Alive

‘Few books on history and mythology have an element that makes you think beyond the printed word.
The Secret of the Nagas
, Amish Tripathi’s second book of the Shiva Trilogy, does that.’

– Herald, Goa

The Oath of the
Vayuputras

Book 3
of the
Shiva Trilogy

Amish

westland ltd

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Published by westland ltd 2013

Copyright © Amish Tripathi 2013

All rights reserved

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Amish Tripathi asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously and any resemblance to any actual person living or dead, events and locales is entirely coincidental.

ISBN: 978-93-82618-34-8

Cover Design by Rashmi Pusalkar.

Photo of Lord Shiva by Chandan Kowli.

Inside book formatting and typesetting by Ram Das Lal

This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by any way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the author’s prior written consent, in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser and without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), without the prior written permission of the copyright owner, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews with appropriate citations.

To the late Dr Manoj Vyas, my father-in-law
Great men never die
They live on in the hearts of their followers

Har Har Mahadev
All of us are Mahadevs, All of us are Gods
For His most magnificent temple, finest mosque and
greatest church exist within our souls

Contents

The Shiva Trilogy
Acknowledgements
Chapter
1
:
The Return of a Friend
Chapter
2
:
What is Evil?
Chapter
3
:
The Kings Have Chosen
Chapter
4
:
A Frog Homily
Chapter
5
:
The Shorter Route
Chapter
6
:
The City that Conquers Pride
Chapter
7
:
An Eternal Partnership
Chapter
8
:
Who is Shiva?
Chapter
9
:
The Love-struck Barbarian
Chapter
10
:
His Name Alone Strikes Fear
Chapter
11
:
The Branga Alliance
Chapter
12
:
Troubled Waters
Chapter
13
:
Escape of the Gunas
Chapter
14
:
The Reader of Minds
Chapter
15
:
The Magadhan Issue
Chapter
16
:
Secrets Revealed
Chapter
17
:
Honour Imprisoned
Chapter
18
:
Honour or Victory?
Chapter
19
:
Proclamation of the Blue Lord
Chapter
20
:
The Fire Song
Chapter
21
:
Siege of Ayodhya
Chapter
22
:
Magadh Mobilises
Chapter
23
:
Battle of Bal-Atibal Kund
Chapter
24
:
The Age of Violence
Chapter
25
:
God or Country?
Chapter
26
:
Battle of Mrittikavati
Chapter
27
:
The Neelkanth Speaks
Chapter
28
:
Meluha Stunned
Chapter
29
:
Every Army Has a Traitor
Chapter
30
:
Battle of Devagiri
Chapter
31
:
Stalemate
Chapter
32
:
The Last Resort
Chapter
33
:
The Conspiracy Deepens
Chapter
34
:
With the Help of Umbergaon
Chapter
35
:
Journey to Pariha
Chapter
36
:
The Land of Fairies
Chapter
37
:
Unexpected Help
Chapter
38
:
The Friend of God
Chapter
39
:
He is One of Us
Chapter
40
:
Ambush on the Narmada
Chapter
41
:
An Invitation for Peace
Chapter
42
:
Kanakhala’s Choice
Chapter
43
:
A Civil Revolt
Chapter
44
:
A Princess Returns
Chapter
45
:
The Final Kill
Chapter
46
:
Lament of the Blue Lord
Chapter
47
:
A Mother’s Message
Chapter
48
:
The Great Debate
Chapter
49
:
Debt to the Neelkanth
Chapter
50
:
Saving a Legacy
Chapter
51
:
Live On, Do Your Karma
Chapter
52
:
The Banyan Tree
Chapter
53
:
The Destroyer of Evil
Chapter
54
:
By the Holy Lake
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